Simone Biles was forced to withdraw from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday, citing mental health concerns after a difficult opening vault. The four-times Olympic champion said she had been struggling mentally in recent days and after the vault, she decided she wanted to 'take a back seat' and was confident her teammates would win a medal. Biles has not yet decided if she will compete in the all around final on Thursday. Continue reading...
Black public figures from Simone Biles to Naomi Osaka are helping us put one simple word at the top of our vocabulary: no
I can hardly do a proper cartwheel, so I’m hesitant to opine on Simone Biles’s decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics this week, telling the press and the world: “I have to focus on my mental health.” I can’t stay silent, though, because I know she’s not alone.
As a former college football player, I can imagine the psychological price Olympians pay to squeeze every ounce of greatness into a tiny window of life. As a Black man raised by a cadre of women, I can imagine the tax Black women pay because of our national commitment to “trust” them, which really just means “let them do all the work.” Or, in the case of Simone Biles, “let her put the whole country on her back”. Continue reading...
My heart soars imagining how much anguish will be sidestepped by girls and women who pay attention to Simon Biles’ wise words
This week was not the first time I watched Simone Biles in action and thought “Wow, I wish I could do that!” It was, however, the first time I thought I might actually be able to. I myself am a writer, making me the natural opposite of an athlete. As I slump in front of my laptop and watch her flip and twist and fly through the air, I am dazzled. But when she tells a barrage of cameras and microphones that she is withdrawing from the women’s team final mid-competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games to focus on her mental wellbeing? I am awe-struck. I sit up immediately and listen carefully to what she says, on her social media and during press conferences, and I learn over and over that you’re allowed to step back when you need to. I see from her demeanour that it’s an extremely difficult thing to do, but that it is possible. No matter how much pressure you’re under you can simply state your needs, make your health a priority and fundamentally not feel you must do what everyone else wants you to do. Forget about the Yurchenko double pike vault, it is that move – the defensive retreat, the protective step back – that wins her all of my medals.
Of course that’s a corny thing to say, and in any case I don’t have any medals except a battered one from my summer of 93 read-a-thon. Besides, Simone Biles stopped needing to win medals to prove her greatness a long time ago, although that has not stopped her from winning them. During the 2019 World Championships she won five gold medals and became the most decorated gymnast in World Championship history. She is a once in a lifetime athlete, perhaps the best there’s ever been. Even in all this week’s furore, herself and her team won silver medals, an achievement as much hers as her three team-mates. The others were extremely clear on that, with one of her teammates, Jordan Chiles stating: “But at the end of the day, we did though,” she said. “This medal was definitely for her because if it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t be here where we are right now.” Continue reading...
Sunisa Lee came to Tokyo thinking the best she might do was win an all-around Olympic silver but the youngest member of the US gymnastics team grabbed the gold after Simone Biles dropped out of the event over mental health concerns.
With Biles watching from the front row at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Lee won the all-around to secure the title for the US for a fifth straight Games on the final rotation – the floor exercise – for a 57.433 winning total.
Surprise package, 22-year-old Brazilian Rebeca Andrade, who had topped the rankings for the majority of the evening, took the silver for her country's first-ever medal in women's gymnastics and Russian Angelina Melnikova completed the podium by taking the bronze for the ROC. Continue reading...
US athletes across the Games have shown support for gymnastics star Simone Biles after she withdrew from the Olympics to focus on her mental health.
'I can only imagine the immense amount of pressure she is under' said gold medal surfer Carissa Moore, 'she is on every commercial, and billboard, and bag I see, and she is, like, touted as she is gonna win everything, like, how crazy is that? ... she has handled it beautifully.'
Swimmer Erica Sullivan added that 'people fail to recognise that she is also a human being. So, you know, so much heart love, just good vibes her way'
American gymnast Simone Biles has withdrawn from event finals for vault and the uneven bars at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics said on Saturday.
American teenager Sunisa Lee won the women’s gymnastics all-around Olympic gold on Thursday then immediately video called her parents, saying “I told them ‘I did it!’ and then we all started crying.”Lee, 18, succeeded defending champion Simone Biles who withdrew over concerns for her mental health when she overcame a strong challenge from Rebeca Andrade, the first Brazilian woman to win an artistic gymnastics medal.Russian women’s team gold medallist Angelina Melnikova finished in the bronze…
Superstar US gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of a second event to protect her mental health on Wednesday, putting the spotlight on athletes’ well-being at a Tokyo Olympics held under strict rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Biles, who caused shock waves with her withdrawal during the team event on Tuesday, also ditched the all-around, raising doubts about her further participation in Tokyo.The 24-year-old American’s struggles follow those of Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, another…
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American Simone Biles withdraws from the floor final but is yet to make a decision on whether to compete on beam.
American Simone Biles pulls out of the vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Simone Biles will not compete in the women's gymnastics floor exercise final at the Tokyo Olympics as she continues to deal with "the twisties."
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• Simone Biles drops out of individual floor competition
Simone Biles is withdrawing from the event final for floor exercise at Tokyo 2020, USA Gymnastics said on Sunday, adding that she would make a decision later this week on the one remaining event she is qualified for, the beam.
The decision of U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles to withdraw from the women's team final to look after her mental health could go a long way toward dispelling stigmas around the issue in sports, experts said.
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Simone Biles has pulled out of two more Olympic finals at the Tokyo Games, USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Saturday, with her entire campaign now in serious doubt.
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Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles further slashed her Tokyo Olympics schedule over a crippling mental block Saturday as a raging Novak Djokovic missed out on a tennis medal.
U.S. superstar Simone Biles pulled out of a second Tokyo Olympics gymnastics competition to protect her mental health Wednesday, raising serious doubt over her participation in the rest of the Games.